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WIND-STORM: A Decision Support System for the Strategic Management of Windthrow Crises by the Forest Community

Laboratory of Wood Technology, Public Service of Wallonia, Avenue Maréchal Juin 23, Gembloux 5030, Belgium
Unit of Forest Resources Management, Department Biosystem Engineering (BIOSE), University of Liège—Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Passage des Déportés 2, Gembloux 5030, Belgium
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Academic Editors: Jean-Claude Ruel and Eric J. Jokela
Forests 2015, 6(10), 3412-3432;
Received: 16 July 2015 / Revised: 27 August 2015 / Accepted: 21 September 2015 / Published: 29 September 2015
Storms are one of the most damaging agents for European forests and can cause huge and long-term economic impacts on the forest sector. Recent events and research haves contributed to a better understanding and management of destructive storms, but public authorities still lack appropriate decision-support tools for evaluating their strategic decisions in the aftermath of a storm. This paper presents a decision support system (DSS) that compares changes in the dynamics of the regional forest-based sector after storm events under various crisis management options. First, the development and implementation of a regional forest model is addressed; then, the potential application of the model-based DSS WIND-STORM is illustrated. The results of simulated scenarios reveal that this DSS type is useful for designing a cost-effective regional strategy for storm-damage management in the context of scarce public resources and that public strategies must encompass the whole forest-based sector to be efficient. Additional benefits of such a DSS is to bring together decision-makers and forest stakeholders for a common objective and therefore to enhance participatory approaches to crisis management. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind damage; crisis management; model; decision support system (DSS) wind damage; crisis management; model; decision support system (DSS)
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Riguelle, S.; Hébert, J.; Jourez, B. WIND-STORM: A Decision Support System for the Strategic Management of Windthrow Crises by the Forest Community. Forests 2015, 6, 3412-3432.

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